Covid-19 Reading Journal #1

I decided I’m going to try and share my reading life with you guys. I thought I’d get a ton of reading done now that Covid-19 shut down half the world and caused my hotel to close, but between home schooling three kiddos and making time to get out of the house with the kids or the wife for walks or runs, and making runs to the store, and trying to keep up with online commitments, it’s kind of hard to concentrate on reading (or finding a quiet space to try).

—-AS ALWAYS, click on the covers to check out the Amazon page for the books that interest you—-

That said, I am aiming to carve out some spaces to do so. First up, I wanted to make a list of the books I plan on reading and the order I plan on doing so.



I am currently about to finish up the Flame Tree Press paperback edition of Jonathan Janz’s THE DARKEST LULLABY.

My thoughts so far: Fantastic beginning, like in all of Janz’s  book, and some good characters. The middle of the book focused on the couple’s relationship issues and added in some creepy elements regarding Chris’s Aunt Lilith.  I felt the story could have shortened or tightened up this section, but I understand Janz wanting to really give you depth on the characters.

When Ellie’s sister Katherine shows up, the story hits into high gear. I gobbled up 40 pages and now am set to read the end of this thing.  I’m really looking forward to teh end of this one. I’ll let you know my complete thoughts tomorrow.

My Upcoming Reads:


Starting today: IN THE VALLEY OF THE SUN by Andy Davidson  –This is a part of a group read I’m doing, so I’ll post thoughts tomorrow on what I think of the beginning of this one. I’ve heard great things, plus, it’s a vampire book!

Friday, Tim Meyer’s brand-new one, DEAD DAUGHTERS, is out from Poltergeist Press. I pre-ordered the paperback edition, so as soon as it arrives, I am diving in! Love the cover, and I really love the progress I’ve seen over the last couple years in Tim’s writing. This one should be awesome.


After Tim’s new book, I plan on reading my ARC of Matt Hayward’s next book, THOSE BELOW THE TREE HOUSE (June 11th, Poltergeist Press). This one is on my Kindle , so it will be the next in line on my device after Davidson’s book.


For my readers, I’ve just put the paperback edition of my 3rd novel, BECOMING, back up online. It also features the bonus novella, BOOM TOWN.

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And of course, you can pre-order my next novel, UNTIL SUMMER COMES AROUND in hardcover or paperback (eBook and audio editions will also be available soon). The coming of age/80s/ vampire novel unleashes from Flame Tree Press on May 21st!


Feel free to comment with what you’re reading or what you plan on reading.

Stay safe out there! (Check out my buddy Ben Roy with his band SPELLS. This is their unofficial PSA)


One response to “Covid-19 Reading Journal #1”

  1. I loved, LOVED In the Valley of the Sun. A few reviewers found it too slow or too poetic, but sometimes you don’t need a story to rush by in a big tidal wave of excitement. Yesterday I finished Molly Pohlig’s debut, The Unsuitable; it was way cool Goth and well done. Now I’m reading a collection of essays on horror writing, Where Nightmares Come From.

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